NFL Picks Week 9: Predictions for Every NFL Game and the Upset Specials

Mihir Bhagat@mihirbhagatSenior Analyst IIINovember 4, 2010

NFL Picks Week 9: Predictions for Every NFL Game and the Upset Specials

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 26:  Quarterback Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks toward fans chanting his name before taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on September 26, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/G
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    Here are my picks for all 13 games for Week 9 of the 2010 NFL season. 

    You'll see some interesting selections, including my thoughts on whether the Philadelphia Eagles can knock off the Indianapolis Colts.

    Moreover, will the Dallas Cowboys turn around their season with an upset over the Green Bay Packers? Will the Tampa Bay Buccaneers edge out the Atlanta Falcons in an NFC South showdown? 

    Find out my predictions on that, and much more.  

    Last Week: 9-4

    Cumulative Season Record: 63-54 (.538)


Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-2) @ Atlanta Falcons (5-2)

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 24:  Roddy White #84 of the Atlanta Falcons scores a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals at Georgia Dome on October 24, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Winner: Atlanta Falcons

    Due to a surprising turn of events, this has turned into a rather critical matchup as it'll decide the leader in the NFC South race.

    Even though the Buccaneers are looking strong this year, I don't think they have enough to knock off the Falcons at home. 

    This game will be broadcasted at 1:00 P.M. EDT on FOX.

Chicago Bears (4-3) @ Buffalo Bills (0-7)

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 10: Linebacker Brian Urlacher #54 of the Chicago Bears and linebacker Lance Briggs #55 of the Chicago Bears line up during warm ups prior to the Bears game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on October 10, 201
    Geoff Burke/Getty Images

    Winner: Chicago Bears

    The Chicago Bears possess a feared defense and an offense that can score some points when necessary. All in all it could be enough for the Bills who've severely struggled to close out games lately. 

    This game will be broadcasted at 1:00 P.M. EDT on FOX. 

New England Patriots (6-1) @ Cleveland Browns (2-5)

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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 24:  Portrait of Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots during the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on October 24, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
    Harry How/Getty Images

    Winner: New England Patriots

    The New England Patriots are rolling through this season and it doesn't appear that anyone can stop them; especially not the lowly Cleveland Browns.

    This game will be broadcasted at 1:00 P.M. EDT on CBS.

New York Jets (5-2) @ Detroit Lions (2-5)

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 31:  Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets reacts against the Green Bay Packers on October 31, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
    Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

    Winner: New York Jets

    Even though they've slipped a bit this season, I expect head coach Rex Ryan to rally his squad and be able to contain the Lions offense. 

    If they can do so, I believe they'll easily win this one.

    This game will be broadcasted at 1:00 P.M. EDT on CBS.

New Orleans Saints (5-2) @ Carolina Panthers (1-6)

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    NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 31: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints looks for a receiver during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Louisiana Superdome on October 31, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Matthew Sharpe/Getty Images)
    Matthew Sharpe/Getty Images

    Winner: New Orleans Saints

    To be honest, this game won't be as easily won as some project it to be.

    The New Orleans Saints offense is predicated on their aerial attack, and the Carolina Panthers rank fourth in terms of passing yards allowed.

    While I do still expect the defending Super Bowl champions to prevail, I could see the Panthers putting up a fight.

    This game will be broadcasted at 1:00 P.M. EDT on CBS.

Miami Dolphins (4-3) @ Baltimore Ravens (5-2)

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    BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 24:  Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens is introduced before the game against the Buffalo Bills at M&T Bank Stadium on October 24, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Bills 37-34. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Im
    Larry French/Getty Images

    Winner: Baltimore Ravens

    Both of these teams have been quietly having rather solid seasons, and are right in the playoff mix.

    However, I think the Ravens edge out the Dolphins in this one and continue on to earn their fifth win over the past six games.

    This game will be broadcasted at 1:00 P.M. EDT on CBS.

San Diego Chargers (3-5) @ Houston Texans (4-3)

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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 31:  Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers looks down field for an open receiver against the Tennessee Titans in the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on October 31, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeate
    Jeff Gross/Getty Images

    Winner: San Diego Chargers 

    In regards to their talent on paper, the San Diego Chargers have been major disappointments this season

    Nonetheless, I foresee their top-ranked offense to destroy the Texans defense which is one of the worst units in football.

    Moreover, they are likely to end their road struggles sooner or later. 

    This game will be broadcasted at 1:00 P.M. EDT on CBS.

Arizona Cardinals (3-4) @ Minnesota Vikings (2-5)

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    FOXBORO, MA - OCTOBER 31:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings interacts with teammate Adrian Peterson #28 before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Ima
    Jim Rogash/Getty Images

    Winner: Minnesota Vikings

    Both of these clubs are an absolute mess thus far this season and show little signs of turning their fortunes around.

    Of course, if one were to compare the two, the edge would likely go to the Vikings who have the potential to be true Super Bowl contenders. 

    That said, I see them winning this one.

    This game will be broadcasted at 1:00 P.M. EDT on FOX.

New York Giants (5-2) @ Seattle Seahawks (4-3)

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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 03:  Justin Tuck #91 of the New York Giants celebrates after the tenth sack of the game against the Chicago Bear at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 3, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Ima
    Chris McGrath/Getty Images

    Winner: New York Giants

    The New York Giants are looking much like their '07 team that won the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, the current NFC West leaders Seattle Seahawks are looking simply abysmal particularly after a 30 point loss to the Raiders.

    Therefore, I expect the Giants to plow through this game.

    This game will be broadcasted at 4:05 P.M. EDT on FOX.

Indianapolis Colts (5-2) @ Philadelphia Eagles (4-3)

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    INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 01:  Peyton Manning #18 of Indianapolis Colts throws a pass during the NFL game against the Houston Texans  at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 1, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
    Andy Lyons/Getty Images

    Winner: Indianapolis Colts

    Frankly, this is an incredibly tough game to predict as it could go either way.

    However, I'm going with the Colts as I believe Peyton Manning will outduel Michael Vick and the Eagles defense will simply be overwhelmed.

    This game will be broadcasted at 4:15 P.M. EDT on CBS.

Kansas City Chiefs (5-2) @ Oakland Raiders (4-4)

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    ATLANTA - AUGUST 13:  Jamaal Charles #25 of the Kansas City Chiefs against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on August 13, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Winner: Kansas City Chiefs

    This game will ultimately tell us whether or not the Oakland Raiders have truly turned the tide.

    Call me a pessimist, but I don't think they have what it takes to beat the Chiefs.

    Even though their run defense has been stout over the last couple weeks, I project the dynamic duo of Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones to break free for monstrous gains all day long.

    This game will be broadcasted at 4:15 P.M. EDT on CBS.

Dallas Cowboys (1-6) @ Green Bay Packers (4-3)

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    GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 19: Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers encourages the crowd during a game against the Buffalo Bills at Lambeau Field on September 19, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Bills 34-7.  (Photo by Jonathan
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    Winner: Green Bay Packers

    The Dallas Cowboys have let me down far too many times this season, and I'm finally convinced that they have and will continue to completely tank this season.

    That said, it's a perfect chance for the Packers to capitalize and snatch a victory. 

    This game will be broadcasted at 8:20 P.M. EDT on NBC on Sunday Night Football. 

Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2) @ Cincinnati Bengals (2-5)

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    PITTSBURGH - SEPTEMBER 02: Troy Polamalu #43 of the Pittsburgh Steelers calls out signals during the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers on September 2, 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
    Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

    Winner: Pittsburgh Steelers

    This is a golden opportunity for the Pittsburgh Steelers to go on a national stage and demonstrate their ability to overcome adversity.

    Therefore, I expect the Steelers to cruise past the Bengals who've simply been a disaster this season.

    This game will be broadcasted at 8:30 P.M. EDT on ESPN on Monday Night Football.